From a Superfan: My Actual Reaction to Miley's New Album

It is well known that Miley Cyrus is my favorite artist/singer/performer. Everyone knows that. I read an article in Marie Claire a few weeks back where Miley announced that her next album would be released for free, and I was of course excited.

Last night, after Miley announced that her album was uploaded and already on her website, I went on and immediately tried to listen to it. Not at all knowing what to expect, either. Miley is known to shock, and be the weirdest thing ever.

She has some past songs that just are my favorite thing ever. Her entire last album was the best thing to ever happen to me. Until now.

When Miley announced that her website had crashed, and provided a second link, it worked, and the page loaded. I started listening to the first few seconds of each song and thinking to myself, “Oh, Miley, how am I going to defend this?”

(I have to tell you that this is the same thought I have whenever she does anything. As a fan, I am ALWAYS asking “How am I going to defend this?")

As I clicked through the songs, I went from 0 to 60 and something clicked, and I realized that I actually…… love it. And I didn’t know why.

Because it really is completely TERRIBLE, to the naked eye. To the person who doesn’t care about Miley’s stuff, it is literally total crap. Not good enough to play on the radio, not something you would hear in any club, and it’s free?

Why would she do that? That’s what everyone is asking. And it hit me. This album is exactly what Miley wants to do. Literally every song is just because she wants to do it. No record company saying, "No." No expectations of breaking records. Nobody is telling her to stand here, sell this, and hit her mark. This is straight out of her mind. Like she literally vomited up her feelings into this album.

At first, I really didn’t know what I was going to say to people when I tell them that I kind of love it…

But I realized that this is what this album is kind of about to me. This album wasn’t made to be universally loved. It was not made for approval. It’s not a top 40 mainstream album. It is made for people like me, who simply find value in it.

I haven’t felt this way about an album in a very long time, if ever.

The emotion that this album extracts from me is entirely unexpected. It’s not even just music to me. It’s not something I would hear in retail stores. It’s not going to be sold.

To me, it’s honestly like… and art installation. Like these songs should be played in a dark room full of wet glitter and 1,000 strobe lights. And people should just look at it and reflect, and see what it brings out of them.

It’s kind of crazy...

The thing is that I finally feel free of trying to convince people to like Miley. It’s over. It’s at a point where you hate her, or you just get her. And it’s not even bad if you hate her. It’s like, expected of you.

But I think she’s my Kanye. She’s my Beyonce.

I’m not a huge fan of Kanye (Although I loved his speech last night, and a few other things he has done), and I’m not the biggest fan of Beyonce (only because she is perfect and flawless and everyone agrees. She is universally loved and respected, so I don’t find her to be my FAVORITE or most interesting person.)

The thing about Kanye and Beyonce, is that they could do almost ANYTHING, and their fans will say it’s the most genius thing ever.

I think it’s time for me to accept that Miley is just, my favorite artist, and I connect strongly with her work. And I just have to understand that she is incredibly "out there," and she isn’t for everyone.

I do love and appreciate all her work with LGBT stuff. I will say that.

Her new songs make me want to take a bath and literally cry, and seriously release into the world how I feel about everything. It is incredibly reflective, and to me, even like, strongly epic. But again, it’s just me. I'm not apologizing, but just understanding.

This album brings out a side of me I haven’t seen in a while. I’m going to just attach a song here, and I’m really not trying to promote it or get you to like it, because I genuinely don’t think you actually  will. But here are a couple of songs that get me, for whatever reason. Thanks so much for reading, and leave a comment if it isn't negative/hateful!

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From Miley's LGBT "Happy Hippie Foundation" Website:

Everyone deserves a safe place to call their home and the chance to make their dreams a reality.

But in the U.S.:

  • 1.6 million youth are homeless each year
  • 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and family rejection is the most common reason LGBT youth experience homelessness
  • 25% of homeless youth were previously physically or sexually abused
  • Nearly one in three transgender people have been turned away from shelters